English 4


Course Description:
In English 4, students will explore highly engaging, thematic units and be guided through a series of literary pieces that allow them to analyze the political, social, economic, and cultural messages of its time as well as its relevance to the world they live in today. The works in the course span thousands of years and have been written by Old Testament, New Testament, and modern authors who share common ideas but employ a variety of literary genres to express their views. Whether it is the dramatic ending of a play, or the colorful images in a verse of modern or Old Testament poetry, the words of these authors will leave students with a broader understanding of the world around them.

Throughout the course, students will encounter epic heroes defying danger, identify the qualities of a Christian hero, meet tormented minds succumbing to the power of greed and ambition, and learn about enlightened thinkers striving for individual rights and freedoms. They will read of sensitive souls attempting to capture human emotion and determined debaters taking a stand on critical issues. They will read to analyze the way language is used to express human motivation and research to examine the results of actions in the real world. Plus, they will discover what makes Hebrew poetry in the Old Testament unique—even when translated into English! Along the way, students will create authentic work pieces that will engage them in higher-level learning and provide them with a greater understanding of literature and its connection to the world.

Recommended Prerequisites:
English 1, 2, and 3

Grade Level:
12th Grade recommended

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Course Types Available:

  • 1 Credit – Full course (1 credit, 12 weeks minimum / 12 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 1st semester only (6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 2nd semester only (6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
  • Honors track available

Biblical Integration Information:
Creation: God communicates His plan, purpose, and provision personally through the written and Living Word (Jesus) and has set patterns and guidelines for human communication (Genesis 1:3; Matthew 5:37; John 10:27; 2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12). All creation is held together by the Living Word and is an expression of the Word of God displaying order, design, complexity, and truth (Psalm 19; John 1:1; Colossians 1:17).

Fall: Man’s fallen nature and innate sinfulness impact his ability to communicate with God and others—and to understand their communication with him, leading to pride, confusion, and frustration. As a result, man often values forms and subjects of communication that are destructive and in opposition to God—cursing rather than blessing—using it for sinful purposes rather than truth (Genesis 11; Romans 1:18–20; 2 Corinthians 4:4). Fighting and struggles come from sinful passions. Pride, greed, and destruction are common outcomes of man’s efforts. We should be alert to the effects of the fall on communication (lies, rebellion, selfishness, etc.) and take every opportunity to seek and proclaim truth (Mark 16:15; Romans 1:16; 2 Corinthians 10:5; Ephesians 4:15; 2 Timothy 2:24–26). Humans are often regarded as heroes based on the wrong criteria.

Redemption: Our communication should be used only for the glory of God and to bless others encouraging them to find and live their purpose. This involves communicating truth, encouragement, judgment, and sharing the gospel through the power of God (Proverbs 16:23; Ephesians 4:29; 2 Timothy 2:16; James 1:19). The strong should seek to build up the weak. All literature should be evaluated through the lens of God’s Word. We should seek to grow in wisdom through our study and use of languages (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) while allowing the Holy Spirit to change our hearts so our communication can reflect His fruit in our lives (Proverbs 23:23; Matthew 15:11; Luke 6:45; Romans 12:2; Galatians 5:22–23). Truth changes us. We should use truth to make a difference in our world. We are responsible to God for evaluating our communication and literacy choices by the standards of God’s Word and by using them clearly, creatively, and concisely to deepen our relationship with God and our fellow men (Proverbs 27:17; Matthew 12:36-37; Romans 12:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:11). All of our thoughts should be brought into conformity with Jesus Christ.

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